Date & Time: Jan 25, 1974 at 1850 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-31-310 Navajo
Registration:
N7672L
Flight Type:
Executive
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Canton - Detroit - Willoughby
MSN:
31-7300154
YOM:
1973
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
3
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
4951
Captain / Total hours on type:
29
Circumstances:
While approaching Willoughby-Cuyahoga County Airport by night, one of the engine failed. The pilot lost control of the airplane that stalled and crashed in a field located few miles short of runway. The aircraft was destroyed and all four occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Loss of control on final following a propeller failure. The following factors were reported:
- Improper operation of powerplant & powerplant controls,
- Inadequate inspection of aircraft on part of the maintenance personnel,
- Inadequate inspection of aircraft on part of the pilot/owner,
- Failure of propeller and accessories,
- RPM uncontrollable and overspeed,
- Failed to maintain flying speed,
- Suspected mechanical discrepancy,
- Schrader valve cap and stem were missing,
- No aircharge in cylinder.
Final Report:
N7672L.pdf120.42 KB